Well, I must say that I’m fairly disappointed in you guys, especially those of you who come from the Western Hemisphere, even moreso from those of you who come from, say, the USA, for not knowing, and if you do know, not mentioning this video, while mentioning the Touhou Bad Apple video (now with subtitles!).
(And why, yes, an actual Music Monday on Monday ;))
“Do You Wanna Date My Avatar?” is very much a geek video, and it also looks good. It uses stop-motion, which makes it look classy in some bits, a bit hokey in others, but quite stylized all the same. Personally, I didn’t like the stop-motion too much in Bad Apple, because with the shadows it broke the fluidity a bit much, but here it works.
For those who do not know, the video shows the people who make up the cast of the online series The Guild as their characters, for they happen to play in World of Warcraft. Felicia Day who wrote it is an avid gamer, and those who watch The Guild or listen to the lyrics of the song can quite easily tell there’s “insider knowledge” of the game, so it’s “legit”, so to speak.
The director and composer of the song is Jed Whedon, brother of Joss Whedon, who had also worked on Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, where Felicia Day had played the role of Penny, one of the three major roles of the mini web-series.
As for The Guild, I enjoyed the first season quite a lot, the second season considerably less, and the third season I hadn’t watched yet. You can watch all episodes on the series’ site, linked above.
The stop motion is quite neat, and I love the synchronized movement of the characters/actors side by side; the dancing is, well, it’s more than a bit suggestive (not to mention “Tank and spank” and “Here in cyberspace there’s no disease”), but it also looks good. I wonder how much stop-motion had been applied to the dancing.
The singer is also the song-writer, which counts for something (and I love redheads, especially when it’s not orange), and the parts with Felicia/Codex laying on top of the pile of loot quite reminded me of the scenes with the girl imagined on the ceiling amidst petals from American Beauty. I wonder if that was intentional. I’ll close with that, and that’s one great movie.
P.S. I quite liked this, I think in part because of my online life and my familiarity with the world of MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Games) and other such things, and I’m also writing behind the scenes an entry on how we respond to insider jokes, which speak to us. Genshiken and The Big Bang Theory.
Also, there’s more than anime in the world ;)